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During weekends in March, Metro in Washington, D.C., will weld rail and replace track fasteners, track circuits and floating slabs that will help ensure more reliable Metrorail service. Customers should expect travel delays during the weekends of March 5 to 7, March 12 to 14, and March 19 to 21. 

Metro will not conduct major track maintenance during the opening of the National Cherry Blossom festival on Saturday, March 27. 




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Gary/Chicago International Airport received its fifth installment of federal funding to support airport expansion efforts, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, said, according to the Gary Post-Tribune. The $5-million grant will go toward the airport's runway extension project and is part of a $57.8-million allocation over 10 years. To date, the airport has received more than $25 million from its grant awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration.


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NJ Transit will cut 200 jobs and apply an emergency spending freeze in an attempt to fill a $300 million budget gap. Executive salaries will be reduced by five percent and contributions to employee 401(k) retirement accounts will be cut by a third, The Star-Ledger reported.  

Although the reductions will save more than $30 million, the agency is expected to announce service cuts and fare hikes next week, which could start as soon as May and could be increased by 20 to 30 percent. The state is also dealing with its own $2.2 billion budget gap and may withhold close to $33 million in subsidies from the agency.

The 200 union and non-union layoffs represent around two percent of the 10,500-person workforce at NJ Transit, the nation's third-largest public transit system. It is the deepest one-year workforce reduction in the agency's 30-year history.

NJ Transit will hold a series of public meetings and information sessions around the state later this month. They are scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at the Passaic County Community College Theater in Paterson, NJ Transit headquarters in Newark, the Trenton Transit Center and the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan; from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 26 at the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station in Secaucus, Camden City Hall, Morristown Town Hall, Long Branch Middle School auditorium and Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York; and from 1 to 4 p.m. March 27 at Bergen County Freeholders public meeting room in Hackensack and the Atlantic City Rail Terminal.

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Some of the world's top experts in railroad technology came to Pueblo, Colo., this week to hear about the latest research from what many acknowledge is the industry's top laboratory, the Chieftain reports. It's the 15th annual Association of American Railroads Research Review, which has b ...

Corporate Responsibility has named Union Pacific Railroad among its 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2010. The only railroad named to the list, Union Pacific is ranked second among all transportation companies and No. 69 overall.

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2010 measures Russell 1000 Index companies in approximately 360 data points across seven categories: governance, environmental, human rights, employee relations, climate change, philanthropy and financial.  Union Pacific ranks among the leaders in the governance and financial categories.

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The Government of Canada and Via Rail Canada, Inc., are investing in a new train station at Windsor, Ontario, that will feature improved and expanded facilities.

VIA's new Windsor station will be fully accessible and will be built on a site near the existing building. Scheduled for completion in the fall of 2011, it will replace a structure originally built by Canadian National in the early 1960s and expanded by VIA in 1982. The majority of the Can$6 million (US$5,850,804) in funding for the new Windsor station and related improvements will come from Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. VIA's Windsor Station Project is linked with other work currently or soon to be underway throughout the Quebec-Windsor Corridor, which generates almost 90 percent of VIA's ridership and 75 percent of its revenue. In particular, announced by VIA last year were improvements to the Chatham Subdivision with federal funding of $17 million to add a new rail traffic control system and major improvements to the track structure between Windsor and Chatham.

The construction of the new station is part of an unprecedented Can$923 million (US$ 900,048,682) capital investment in passenger rail modernization and expansion by the Government of Canada. This investment is stimulating job creation, skills development and private sector activity across the country. Additional infrastructure projects are aimed at improving service quality and cost efficiency at other points across VIA's coast-to-coast route network.

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Work began on Monday to replace the 102-year-old Niantic River Bridge in Niantic, Conn. Amtrak awarded a $104.7 million, three-year contract to Cianbro/Middlesex VII of Pittsfield, Maine, to construct a two-track bridge 60 feet south of the present structure. In addition to the structure, the project includes expanding the navigation channel beneath the bridge, realigning the east and west track approaches and relocating the boardwalk, including beach restoration.

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GE Transportation and Progress Rail Services Corporation have completed the sale of GE's Inspection Products business to Progress Rail. Inspection Products is part of GE's larger signaling and communications division, known as Intelligent Control Systems (ICS) and part of GE Transportation. Insp ...

MTA New York City Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast said the agency has made the first in a series of sweeping structural changes to the Department of Subways, which provides service to more than five million average daily riders. The move is intended to make certain that all critical maintenance functions are fully and completely performed in the areas of power, track, signals, communications and subway cars while ensuring that the Department of Subways focuses strongly on reaching the goals committed to by MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder in his 100 Day Report, "Making Every Dollar Count."

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